“Even more alarming is that, when Latino actors are cast, they are by far more likely than any other group to be sexualized, either by revealing clothing or by being defined in the screenplay as attractive. Indeed, 36% of Hispanic actors are displayed in some sort of sexualized attire, the highest of any group looked at in the study. Hollywood seems to think America is not interested in stories about Latinos, unless they are taking their clothes off.”
Let’s talk about this. Let’s talk about how most of those roles are to be hypersexualized maids, spicy armcandy love interests, and exotic criminals. Let’s talk about how many of these roles use stereotypes to make these characters as the butt of the joke. Let’s talk about though how most of those roles go to light skinned and white Latinas. Let’s talk about how shitty the representation that Latinxs do have is pretty much restricted to bullshit and biopics. (via wocinsolidarity)
if i ever recommend a tv show to you just go ahead and mentally add ‘except for the transphobic episode’ to the end
If you feel helpless, there are ways you can channel your rage and sadness in real life.
1. Join a peaceful protest.
They’re happening all around the country tonight, including at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, around 7 p.m. Eastern.
2. Recognize that Michael Brown’s death was not an isolated incident.
In 2012, more than 300 black people were executed by police, security guards, or vigilantes. In the last month, three other unarmed African-American men—Eric Garner in New York, John Crawford III in Beavercreek, Ohio, and Ezell Ford in Los Angeles—have been killed by police. Those are the ones we know about.
3. Stop saying “This can’t be happening in America.”
I understand the impulse, I really do. But that impulse only comes to those who are insulated and isolated from how America treats poor people and people of color every day. Langston Hughes wrote “America never was America to me” in 1935. If you didn’t quite understand that poem in your junior high or high-school lit classes, read it again, while you think about what’s happening in Ferguson. Let it sink in.
4. STFU about looting.
And call out your friends and family members who won’t. It’s been five days since Michael Brown was murdered. On one of those days, some furious, grieving citizens caused some property damage. Nine have been arrested. Every other day since then, police with more gear than American soldiers going into battle have been occupying the neighborhood where Brown died, attacking peaceful protestors with tear gas and rubber bullets. They’ve tear-gassed a state senator and Al-Jazeera reporters, and arrested an alderman. They’ve demanded that reporters leave the area and arrested two who didn’t move fast enough. “Disproportionate” doesn’t begin to describe it. If you look at all that and still think it’s important to talk about looting for “balance,” you should know that you sound like a racist asshole.
5. Look Around You.
If you live in an urban environment, you’re in a position to bear witness and document inappropriate and abusive police behavior. If you see an African-American neighbor being detained by police, wait to see what happens. Get your phone out. Download the ACLU’s “Police Tape” app, and if you see something that looks off, take a video that will upload directly to their servers, in case your phone is confiscated. Whatever police may tell you, this is your legal right.
7. Educate yourself about the systematic inequality that leads to civil unrest.
The St. Louis American ran a powerful editorial today that fleshes out the history of Ferguson. When you finish reading that, go somewhere quiet for a bit and settle down with Ta-Nehisi Coates’s “The Case for Reparations.” Don’t stop there.
8. Put pressure on your elected representatives.
Institutional abuse of African-American citizens is happening all over the country, and it demands a federal response. Talk to your senators and congresspeople about enacting policies to protect citizens from their protectors. While you’re at it, maybe suggest they work to limit the amount of military weaponry police can inherit from the armed forces.
9. Listen to your African-American friends when they try to tell you why this hurts.
If you don’t have any African-American friends, you might want to think about why that is.
10. Okay, go ahead and tweet.
And Facebook. Tumblr. Instagram. Vine. Amplify the voices of people on the ground, and help counteract the damaging narratives being propagated by some mainstream media organizations. It’s the very least we can do.
For white people wanting to know what they can do to help.
This applies to all non-Black PoC too
I had such a sizable thought today. It’s so sizable that I’m sure someone else has already had it, but I’ll put it out there anyway: the fear of the Fake Geek Girl (because that’s what has given rise to the term: a perceived threat) is directly related to tensions surrounding the transition from an economy of knowledge that is focused on accumulation to an economy of knowledge that is focused on access.
(I’ve mostly been keeping Ferguson stuff on my twitter account instead of here - twitter seems to be better for up to date info and primary accounts.)
It’s okay to go up and get offline or watch Netflix during a time like this.
It’s okay to relax and go to bed, hoping for the best.
It’s okay to protect yourself from the on-pouring of updates.
Your sanity and ability to cope is just as important.
Just know that you’re important. Mute me if you have to.
It actually seems pretty common. From what I’ve seen, almost everyone has some kind of doubt, of varying intensity, before and throughout the process - sometimes even after. And it makes sense, given that until we come out, we’re all pretty much taught to assume that we’re cis, and everyone treats us as though we’re cis.
Assigned gender ends up being one of the deepest unquestioned assumptions, since the vast majority of people don’t ever have any reason to question it. We’re reevaluating and overturning something that most of the world considers foundational and unchangeable. Everyday people simply have no imminent personal need to develop their own detailed theory of what gender is and how it works - and we start out from the same position as everyone else. We have to make our own path towards transness, and anyone exploring unfamiliar territory would sometimes have to stop and get their bearings.
Between having to think our way out of that web of assumptions, and then facing up to the reality of how much hostility we’ll face when we voice ourselves, we have plenty of reason to experience doubt about whether this is what we really want or need. Many people spend years questioning themselves - even as I had begun socially transitioning, it still took me over a year to acknowledge openly that I was probably trans. Even then, my approach to my gender was one of cautious, conservative experimentation. I would try things piece by piece, taking it slowly, seeing whether it was positive for me, and becoming comfortable with it before I moved forward. When I decided to start HRT, my attitude was still: “I’m just going to give this a try and see if I like it.” There was no absolute certainty there - just a curiosity and a desire to explore.
Some trans people do feel that they knew with certainty from a very young age. That may have been their experience, but it’s hardly universal, and most trans people I’ve talked to weren’t certain of their gender for quite a long time. A lack of doubt is not a requirement here. Take all the time that you need, and do what you feel is right for you.